GROWN-UPS GET TO DO ALL THE DRIVING by William Steig

GROWN-UPS GET TO DO ALL THE DRIVING

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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Required reading for all children who have ever grumbled that "grownups get to have all the fun." Once they realize, through this litany, that "grown-ups have aches and pains. . . . can take out their teeth . . . snore . . . get headaches . . . wrinkles" and ". . . take a lot of pills," they may want to stay children forever. Adults are also "mean . . . rude . . . cheapskates" who "hate to pay their taxes" but "like to punish people." Steig moderates his venting in the full-page cartoons, rendered with characteristic simplicity; the grownups are seen as slightly foolish figures whose foibles amuse -- or only slightly annoy -- the children around them. Reductio ad absurdum, of course, and if the relentlessness of the mockery grates, the clever ways the illustrations elaborate on the generalizations should elicit a few chuckles. Even minor Steig is memorable. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-06-205080-X
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1995




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